April 24, 2014

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Montville trustees to consider buying former golf course for park

Montville Township’s trustees are interested in buying the former Blue Heron golf course and turning it into a park. Trustee Jeff Brandon said the township is not interested in the clubhouse, which included a closed banquet center and restaurant. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

Montville Township’s trustees are interested in buying the former Blue Heron golf course and turning it into a park. Trustee Jeff Brandon said the township is not interested in the clubhouse, which included a closed banquet center and restaurant. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

Montville Township trustees will meet Wednesday to discuss the purchase of the former Blue Heron Golf Course. Trustee Jeff Brandon said they will consider buying the property to convert it to a public park.

“It’s a unique property, a very beautiful property, and it’s a unique opportunity to possibly acquire the land for a reasonable price,” he said.

Brandon did not say what the cost might be, saying officials will not know the asking price until Wednesday, when they meet with Gregory Happ, of Medina, the real estate lawyer for 6061 River Styx LLC, the company that owns the Blue Heron Country Club property.

Montville Township Trustee Jeff Bandon said the seven miles of paved paths that wind through the overgrown fairways of the former Blue Heron Golf Club would make an ideal park. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

Montville Township Trustee Jeff Bandon said the seven miles of paved paths that wind through the overgrown fairways of the former Blue Heron Golf Club would make an ideal park. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

The 27-hole golf course opened in 2005 but has been closed for two years. The clubhouse, which included a restaurant, is vacant and the golf course is overgrown.

The 6061 River Styx company owns eight parcels totaling more than 100 acres and valued at more than $1.4 million. But Brandon said the township would only be purchasing the vacant golf course land and not the buildings.

“We really don’t want anything to do with the actual clubhouse, but we would be interested in those acres for a park,” he said. “We’ll have to see exactly how much property is involved, but there is seven miles of paved path already that would make for a very beautiful park for residents, for biking, sledding, hiking, cross country skiing, and other activities.”

If a deal is reached, Brandon said the purchase likely would be paid out of the township’s general fund.

“In the end, if we can get the land for a very good price, we would just pay cash for it,” he said.

The project would bring Montville its third township park.

The township already has Whitetail Park south of Poe Road and Cobblestone Park next to Ralph E. Waite Elementary School.

Brandon said that while the park is intended to be part of the township, trustees would consider joining it with the Medina County Park District.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.

  • jim

    Over my dead body with these idiots turn my development into a park. No chance trustee’s. What are you drunk with money. No wonder my taxes are so high. See you tomorrow with the other 250 people from our development with pitchforks.

  • watchdogging

    Montville Township trustees (and residents) — run away!

    a) A very brief peek at Medina County property records shows that the owner, this 6061 River Styx group, owes at least $500k in back taxes…and I got bored after the first few clicks.
    b) This golf course is worthless because of its poor design and the owners have had no serious buyers come forward, but that doesn’t mean taxpayers should bail out the developers. Phooey.
    c) The government shouldn’t be in the golf course business and how would you turn a golf course into any other use that the public would benefit from.
    d)Montville Township had been attractive for so long in large part to its low taxes. Not any more. The government is growing by leaps and bounds — a shameful legacy for Ron Bischof — and that costs taxpayers money.
    e)Township government should be eliminated in Medina County — it is unnecessary and expensive. The county is already set up to provide all services. If the taxes weren’t splintered, the sheriff could easily handle countywide law enforcement…the road crews could handle the roads, etc. These overlapping stupid services (a Cuyahoga pox) are costing us all a fortune…with nothing but substandard services in return. Heck, Brunswick Hills is nothing but a pasture for worn out Cuyahoga employees who never worked that hard to begin with.

    I digress. The only thing more stupid than this golf course idea is adding on to a brand new (and unnecessary) Montville Township Hall…to consolidate offices. Trustees should be aware that residents aren’t as stupid and lazy as they assume…and could be looking for links between them and the contractors who are making a lot of money from Montville Township contractors.

  • TheNewMedina

    Cant wait for this if it comes through. This would be a park like no other place I have seen. Picture a park of rolling hills and wooded paths to enjoy all types of activities. It would be a dream. What a wonderful opportunity to capitalize on property going to waste. Do the home owners really want to look at overgrown fields that no one takes care of? This makes a ton of sense and if they can get it pennies on the dollar, then why not. I love golf, but we have plenty of choices in our area. Could also be the kind of park that brings people from other cities i.e. cross country skiing, sledding, biking, and other outdoor activities. If they do this, do it right. Medina is a community for young families utilizing the parks….if you want to retire then move to Florida. Your golf course is gone…..a real gem, but lets move on.

  • jim

    Oh yes a dream when you live here-not. The cement trails butt right up to the property lines which means 100′s of people walking right in your back yard. I could not even let me dogs outside. Or how about the teens which will be drinking and smoking weed in my backyard. Or what a perfect spot for a thief to break into my house since he can case the house and claim he’s just walking in the park. We’ll take over grown fields any day rather than put our children in harms way.

  • nosyneighbor

    If this was such a great idea, the county park system would have led the charge. This is a boondoggle. It’s an enormous piece of property that requires a large staff to keep it groomed. I feel for the people who live in this subdivision. I hope they, maybe even working with township officials, find an alternative to turning this into a park. Perhaps this is a chance for homeowners to triple their lot sizes…and buy the property themselves.